Kara Johnstad | The Awakening

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The Awakening

by Kara Johnstad

The purity of unbridled vocal power, the simplicity of a grand piano and the poetry that poured through during a deep transformational awakening, singer-songwriter Kara Johnstad, opens her journals to the world: the Naked Thoughts series.
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THE AWAKENING: "And there she was, lost in the park. Engulfed by voices. Pulled by a river that would carry her...was she the vessel for his words? The poetry man who only spoke in low hums and images... was she the one who was supposed to decode all these layers and give them voice? She nodded... where is the raft? Isn't there at least a kayak...? She saw none...she climbed down the banks and wet her big toe. The water was freezing.

“My audience believes in the transformational power behind a good story and the healing impact a song can have on our lives.

We are not afraid of stripping it down and enjoying simplicity and beauty. We enjoy reading Rumi on a Sunday morning and walking over to the market to buy some fresh organic veggies for lunch. Some of us are lucky and have a garden behind our homes. We are thrilled when we see the first robin in spring and we love watching seagulls swoop and fly.. Even when shopping malls seem to be popping out of the landscape like mushrooms, we are stilled thrilled when we find a second hand bookshop. We are the ones who still consciously support the slow food movement. We are bothered by the amount of pain and suffering in this world. We believe in solutions not problems. We are the "crazy" ones. The ones who believe that world peace is possible. We cherish our friendships and believe in kindness. We shy away from loud discos and crowded spaces and instead find ourselves exploring our inner landscapes and enjoying the wealth of knowledge found in meeting kindred souls.

Once we have found those kindred souls we feel like we have found diamonds. Golden nuggets of wisdom and truth. We are inspired and excited to create the lives that we have been given. Music becomes a place for communion. For reconnecting For coming Home.

I welcome you to my Naked Thoughts concert series.” Kara Johnstad – singer / songwriter

PRESS:

“Johnstad, who has something of a female Leonard Cohen song writing sensibility with a bit of Renee Fleming mixed in, is a veteran jazz musician who is truly hard to categorize”. Paul Wolfle., Suite101

“Explosive! What a voice! Kara Johnstad is brilliant…a total range of feeling!”
BILD, Germany’s largest and most read newspaper


“It isn't merely Johnstad's outstanding voice that helps sell the songs that might crumble in the hands of a lesser artist, but her ability for phrasing that is at times other-worldly in its brilliance, as well as unquestionably perfect pitch and definitive command of the stage. This humble writer couldn't possibly express more strongly the importance of seeing Kara Johnstad when next she graces New York with an on-stage appearance. In point of fact, and for lack of a better expression, she will simply blow your mind. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, she is THAT good. Andrew Martin, NYC journalist, Nightlife

Kara Johnstad has left the stylistic boundaries behind her in every genre, and instead carried through what suits her the best: Her ideas! zitty, Berlin

Once again, your performance was breathtaking. I closed my eyes and soared with your voice.
you reach beyond thoughts, beyond words, to a basictruth and wonder…
Jennifer Toth, Author of “The Mole People”

“I simply LOVE your music.”
Doug Newsom President of BBS Radio
”The New Yorker Kara shines with a clear, expressive voice…” AUDIO Record of the Month
”Kara Johnstad places each tone with such feeling... Blue Note at its best!” Stern, Hamburg

“The voice of Kara Johnstad is truly outstanding. Whether soaring and exploring beyond the imagination or whispering gently as an angel, her lifelong training and love for her art are obvious”.
Jazzdimensions

“Kara Johnstad easily transcends the gap between pop and jazz, fusing her own gentle compositions with music styles from the many corners of the world resulting in songs with a personal flair – entertaining but not pretentious, inviting but not simple.”Tagesspiegel, Berlin

Kara Johnstad is THE voice full of warmth and intensity. www.magicmusic.de



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